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Light snow makes some roads slippery, affects school schedules

February 01, 2013|By CALEB CALHOUN
  • A dusting of snow could be seen on sidewalks and vehicles along Summit Avenue in Hagerstown on Friday.
By Caleb Calhoun/Mobile Journalist

A dusting of snow prompted area schools to close or delay opening times Friday and made roads slick in spots.

The temperature was around 24 degrees at 7:05 a.m. Friday after reaching 69 degrees on Wednesday and 40 degrees Thursday, according to Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer’s website at http://i4weather.net.

By about 7 a.m., .01 of an inch of precipitation had fallen on in the Hagerstown area.

“There’s not a lot of snow on the ground,” Diane Mongan of the Washington County Highway Department said. “The problem is, the temperature dropped on us and everything on the ground froze.”

All the 35 plow trucks were sent out to salt the roads at 5 a.m. Friday, but no roads were closed.

Sgt. Cain of the Maryland State Police said that there were four minor accidents reported between 5 a.m. and 7:21 a.m., but none were serious.

Several area school systems, including Washington County Public Schools, were operating on two-hour delay Friday. Schools in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties in West Virginia were closed.

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